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Some French holiday regions rated as pesticide use hot-spots

Paris - French TV channel, Francetv, in conjunction with its investigatory flagship broadcast, “Cash Investigation,” today released an interactive map detailing the French departments most affected by the use of dangerous pesticides.

Angry French tobacconists dump tons of carrots on Paris streets

Paris - French tobacconists, up in arms at French government proposals to introduce plain cigarette packaging in France, this week dumped tons of carrots outside the French Senate in protest.

France: Nantes' Basilica Saint-Donatien in ruins after inferno

Nantes - Fire destroyed much of one of the most celebrated churches in Nantes, France’s sixth largest city, on Monday when an inferno engulfed the Basilica Saint Donatien in the city center.

Near disaster at the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic

Roubaix - The Paris-Roubaix cycle road race, Sunday, was the setting for an incredible sequence of events as a number of cyclists cycled around closed barriers at a road/rail intersection just seconds before a oncoming TGV fast train sped through.

Charlie Hebdo: Vigils worldwide show France not alone in grief

Paris - Rallies and vigils took place in cities and towns across France Wednesday evening as the full horror of the earlier shootings at the Paris offices of French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, became clear.

Band of Brothers cast to mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

Colleville-sur-mer - Cast members from the popular World War II drama, ‘Band of Brothers’ are planning a reunion in Normandy, France during 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II.

France on terror alert following three incidents in three days

Nantes - Following three possible terror attacks in three days, the French government has put the nation on terror alert as operation “Vigipirate” swings into action.

French police shoot dead 'Allahu Akbar' assailant

Tours - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed yesterday that those who “prey on the police” would face the face “the full severity of the state” following an attack at a French police station in a normally quiet suburb of Tours.

Galeries Lafayette reclaims part of Champs-Elysées for France

Paris - Upmarket French retailer Galeries Lafayette confirmed last weekend that it’s to open a new luxury department store on France’s prime shopping street, the Champs-Elysées in Paris, arguably the most famous avenue in the world.

France's 'Woman tax'? Pink razors pricier than blue ones

Paris - A campaign alleging French women pay more than men for similar products, such as razors, this week reached the doors of the French Economy Ministry.

France: Crowds drawn to once-in-a-decade glory of 'Titan's Penis'

Nantes - They were queuing in their hundreds, last week, in Nantes in western France as the city hosted an unusual attraction: an enormous flower known as "Titan's Penis" that blooms only once a decade.

France: Burgundy vineyards 'machine-gunned' by hailstorm

Pommard - Hailstones like “bursts of machine-gun fire” laid waste to large parts of one of France’s leading wine regions, the Burgundy vineyards, at the weekend.

Op-Ed: Halting the Paris to Nice TGV for a laugh is no laughing matter

Marseille - Yesterday afternoon, Saturday, a gang of youths halted a high speed Paris to Nice train (TGV) in its tracks near Marseille. What was done as a prank could have wider implications for travellers in France.

Teacher in France suspended over 'suicide letter assignment'

In France, an unnamed male teacher was given a job suspension due to angry parents because of an assignment he gave students on suicide.
 

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A three minute hailstorm devastated large tracts of France s famed Burgundy vineyards June 28  2014.
A three minute hailstorm devastated large tracts of France's famed Burgundy vineyards June 28, 2014.
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The 1.6 meter specimen of Amorphophallus Titanum at Jardin des Plantes in Nantes  France. The flower...
The 1.6 meter specimen of Amorphophallus Titanum at Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France. The flower only blooms once every 10 years and smells like rotting flesh.
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